Synovial fluid may be cultured to test the sensitivity of the bacteria which may be the reason for infections. This test helps in diagnosing the cause of joint inflammation. The goal is to see if there is an anaerobic infection present in the joints. This test is performed on the synovial fluid collected by your healthcare provider. If there is a growth of bacteria in the culture, then it may be the reason for inflammation of the joints.
Synovial fluid is present at each of the joints in the human body. This fluid is a thick liquid which helps in the lubrication of the joints and allows for easy movement. In joint diseases like arthritis, the synovium of the joint is the main place where inflammation occurs.
Anaerobic bacteria are bacteria that can not survive in the presence of oxygen. Some of the examples of anaerobic bacteria are Staphylococcus, E.Coli, Clostridium, Actinomyces, Acetobacterium, etc. The growth of anaerobic bacteria causes anaerobic infections. Anaerobic infections can occur when deep tissues are injured or exposed. This can occur due to surgery or trauma, etc. The risk factors of getting an anaerobic infection are diabetes, a weak immune system, low blood flow, staph infection, open wounds, etc. The common symptoms of anaerobic infection are smelly discharge, pus-filled abscess, discoloration of the infected area, etc.
This test may be recommended to you if you experience certain symptoms like joint pain, joint inflammation, swelling, redness, joint stiffness, fluid accumulation at the joints, etc. This test may also be recommended to you if you recently had joint surgery or joint injury to check if there is an infection developing at the site. This test may be specially performed to check if the infection is due to anaerobic bacteria or not. This test is also recommended to plan the treatment according to the type of bacteria. The test is also recommended to check the effectiveness of the treatment given.
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Synovial Fluid. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Synovial Fluid.
No specific preparation is required for this synovial fluid culture and sensitivity test.
The normal test results may vary depending on age, health history, medical condition, etc.
If your test results show negative it means there is no growth of anaerobic bacteria.
If your test results show positive it may indicate that you may have an anaerobic bacterial infection in the joint region.
If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately with your lab test reports.
|UNISEX||All age groups||The growth depends on the infecting organism. Clearing around the disc indicates organism is sensitive to antibiotic|